setting, such as schools. That’s what 247Security is considering. Traditionally thought of in the school bus industry as a video camera and

storage company, 247Security also has a track record of researching and developing AI-based solutions for the health care industry. The company’s re- searchers have discovered the ability to track the movement of a person, based on user-defined parameters that detect and report on specific events. The patient-monitoring system, named Gerry, is fully anonymous in that it

protects the the privacy of the individual. Gerry has the ability to recognize a person, monitor their movements, measure their position spatially related to other people or objects, take their temperature, and identify them using facial recognition, all while reporting specifics based on custom design. 247Security said this system can be adapted to the new reality inside schools and on buses. “Taking a temperature and connecting that to an individual through

facial recognition is one example of what can be done in a school or bus operation,” shared Robert Scott, 247Security’s senior vice president for strategy. “This AI-based technology can be applied at the bus door, the school entrance, the dispatch office as drivers check in, wherever the need exists. Data can be stored and reported from a unique database or connected to another. Using this technology in conjunction with an onboard video application with GPS offers administrators a history of a student’s movements in relation to others. Monitoring social distancing practices on a bus or in a classroom can be done through the examina- tion of video and GPS data.” Scott said the ability to scan and track students will be paramount in

keeping students and staff safe. Using AI technology keeps additional hands out of that process and will ensure accuracy. Facial recognition and temperature scanning, aligned with a back-end process, puts data in the hands of administrators to make their decisions. “Right now, temperature is a first-line defense in understanding the

scope of potential spread of the virus,” he explained. “We hope to arm dis- tricts with information they can accurately use to determine policy.” While temperature may be a viable first line of defense and a telling

marker of infection as schools seek ways to bring students back to school this year, others are finding that refined solutions aren’t moving as quickly.

Using Artificial Intelligence in Other Ways While some companies are aimed at detecting infection, additional technologies are being vetted for tracking, monitoring and even tracing, which means determining who else an infected person has recently come into contact with. Chris Tengwall is the executive vice president of platform solutions for DMI, a global leader in mobility and AI solutions. DMI offers an education safety package for school districts. He suggested that school districts should shift their focus from the static information about students to dynamic data. DMI’s Education Safety mobile app claims to do just that. “In the age of COVID-19, the school districts that get it right will transi-

tion school bus routing from ‘static’ to ‘dynamic,’ characterized by real-time ridership data,” explained Tengwall. He shared that the app anonymously tracks every individual that students

come in contact with on buses, as well as at school, via a unique identifying (UI) code. If and when an infection is reported, the app notifies a dis- trict-designated school safety officer, and a native push alert is immediately issued to all app users who met with the infected individual. The app also forwards recommendations about self-quarantine guidelines and other rec- ommended COVID-19 protocols, based on guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



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